Five Steps to Program your Nissan Fob Remote

By Product Expert | Posted in Features & Technology on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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How do I reprogram my Nissan key fob in Glendale Heights IL?

It can be a real inconvenience to have to manually lock and unlock your car doors or trunk. In our busy, on-the-go lifestyles, we have grown accustom to technology making our lives quicker and easier. Something as simple as being able to open your tailgate or doors with the touch of a button on your vehicle’s door handle (so long as your key fob is in hand or somewhere on you) is just another little nuance Nissan has introduced to its vehicles. 

Generally speaking, with a new Nissan vehicle, the key fob should already be programmed and ready to use, but in the event that you’re wondering, “How do I reprogram my Nissan key fob?” we would be happy to walk you through step-by-step.

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Keep in mind that these instructions are for Nissan models with a keyed ignition. If you have push-button start, you will need an on-board diagnostics tool to reprogram your key fob. Schedule an appointment with us for visit your local dealership for assistance.

5 Steps to Program Nissan Key Fob

1. Open the door to your Nissan vehicle and sit down in the driver’s seat. Press the button on the driver’s side panel located near the window to lock all of the doors.

2016 nissan intelligent key2. This next part might seem a bit silly, but insert and fully remove your key from the ignition six times within a matter of 10 seconds. (Timing does matter.)

Don’t worry if you don’t get it to work on the first try; but to know that it was successful, the exterior lights of the vehicle will flash, as will the interior ones twice.

3. After you have successfully completed the second step, once again, place the key in the ignition, but this time you’ll be able to turn it to “Accessories Mode.”

4. Take your key fob and press any single button on it once. (Only press it once or else programming the fob won’t work correctly.)

If done correctly, the hazard lights will flash once, letting you know that the fob is in the process of being programmed.

5. If everything has gone smoothly up until this point, remove the key from the ignition. Unlock the doors on the side panel and open the driver’s door. Shut the door, and test out your key fob.

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In the event that it does not work, try repeating the steps, but if you still are having difficulty, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our Glendale Nissan service team members if you’re located in the Illinois area–they would be more than happy to assist you. For those out of state, we encourage you to contact your local Nissan dealership to better assist you.



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63 Responses to “Five Steps to Program your Nissan Fob Remote”

  1. Steve says:

    Do you suppose that most people would like to program both of their fobs?

  2. Donald says:

    How to reprogram Nissan NV350 (2015)

  3. Maria Rivas says:

    What about the ones that have push start button? 2015 Altima

  4. Tugume ronald says:

    The reprogramming instructions have not worked after several tries. My Nissan is a Murano 2005

  5. irvin says:

    i have a 2015 nissan altima and its only push to start it doesnt have a key hole to put the key into isnt just a button need help on how i can reprogram the key fob

  6. Peter says:

    For security reasons, whenever you program a new key fob, the car then DE-programs all remaining keys, clearing it’s memory. To make those keys work they simply need to be re-programmed at the same time.

    • Bill says:

      Good to know, however… how would you program two fobs at the same time?
      Otherwise the other fob keeps getting cleared.

      • Ted says:

        If you have more than one fob and you want to get another programmed – I had two and wanted another programmed – remember to take ALL fobs in for reprogramming. I took original fob that came with my 2014 Murano plus a new fob to be programmed and left a previously programmed fob at home only to find out that the fob left at home no longer worked. The original plus new fob worked fine. Nissan dealership offered ‘no deal’ on re-programming the fob left at home.

  7. Mm says:

    To get lock and unlock on fob to work on push button start you go into your vehicle, push the start button once (do not start engine), then on fob press the lock and unlock buttons at the same time for a few seconds until you hear the horn, then release

    • Mike says:

      I tried that…it didn’t work for me. The key fob proximity works (I can unlock doors by pressing button on door handle) but none of the buttons on the fob work.

  8. Ione Stover says:

    I programmed my daughter’s 2014 Nissan Rogue select key, with the embedded fob, the door locks and unlocks, however the vehicle will not start… Any guidance you can lend would be greatly appreciated…

    • Brian says:

      I’m assuming your issue is resolved by now, but for anyone else that is reading this in the future – there are three parts to a key w/fob, and I’m guessing the issue was only two parts were taken care of.
      First, the key blade itself, which you obviously have cut correctly to be able to turn the ignition.
      Second, the fob itself, which again, you obviously have programmed correctly to be able to electronically lock/unlock, etc.
      The third (significantly less obvious) piece is the transponder chip that is embedded in the key itself, which must be programmed to match your vehicle, or it won’t start.
      It’s a great theft deterrent, but annoying that you can’t just program that part on your own. I had to take mine to a dealer to get it programmed, which set me back $65, even though I provided the key and had already programmed the fob.

  9. Linda Sanford says:

    Re: 2010 Nissan Sentra Hatchback

    My car was serviced on 7/29/16 muffler etc and the car kept beeping while working on it. When he drove the car out and I got in and turned it on my dash board lite up like a Christmas tree. So I drove back and his response was I only worked underneath didn’t touch anything, it will go out on its own. Next day I took someone to work came back and later I got in car and there it sits. I called mechanic and told him whats happening I told him the battery is fine so he comes back house twice and second visit I need my starter replaced $245.00, another expense. Sunday I try to open car and it would not open. On 8/1/16 I went to riteaid purchased batteries still not working I need to take car back to garage so the someone with electrical experience can look at it and tell me how how much it will cost. If program doesn’t work what can I do, I must get my car towed ASAP.

    Thank you.

  10. Ronald says:

    I bought a new fob for my 2006 nissan armada, I went through the steps and the lights won’t flash. Thanks

  11. Shanna Grant says:

    I have 2008 Nissan Altima. Will these instructions work for the keyless entry? I am assuming when you say ignition, you mean the fob cylinder next to the door? Before I buy a new fob I want to make sure these instructions will work. I don’t want to have to spend $400 to do everything at my dealership.

  12. Rodrigo Deschamps says:

    I have a nissan pathfinder 2010 and this method does not work for me can you help?

  13. Diane says:

    Help!! My fobs both stopped working…..I put my key in to try & It worked but now my key is stuck in the ignition….OMG

  14. John C Williams says:

    Does this work for the 2007 Maxima? Lost my key and don’t want to pay $400 @ the dealership to replace it.

  15. Webolo says:

    I have key (CWTWB1U751).
    I followed the procedure and could program the keys to open and close the doors. I cannot start the engine. Been to Nissan Delay who asks for $150. Which of course do not want to pay.

  16. Flo says:

    I have a 2007 Nissan Ultima. I recently replaced the battery in my keyfob and now it will not unlock at the door nor will the push button start work. Will these instructions work for my issues?

  17. Manoj says:

    I have Nissan N17 bluebird.. it the 6th time my doors unlocking. But hazard lights not flashing.plz explain. Thanks

  18. Nicole says:

    I have 2007 Nissan X trail. My key feb suddenly stopped working and I replaced the battery. It still doesn’t work. I followed instructions to reprogram the fob and the hazards flash when I insert the key 6 times in the ignition but after that nothing else works. I can unlock/lock with the driver side door button but really need the key fob to work.

  19. Truc says:

    I have a 2016 Murano and it does not have an ignition slot for the key. Only the start button. Is there a way to program a new key without taking to the dealership? I have tried all of the procedures posted but none is working so far

  20. Dwight Maxwell says:

    Step 3 in your instructions advise to “place the key in the ignition. Step 4 advises “Take your key fob and press any single button on it once.” How exactly do I do that if they fob is in the ignition? Step 5 then advises “remove the key from the ignition.” But I already to took the key from the ignition in order to perform step 4 right? Or was I supposed to put the fob back in the ignition after pressing a button on the fob? Confusing. Thanks

    • blogsadmin says:

      Hi Dwight,

      These instructions are for Nissan models with a physical key and key fob. It sounds from your confusion like you might have keyless access with push-button start, in which case you’d likely need to go in to get it reprogrammed.

  21. Rio says:

    I have a 2009 Sentra and no matter how many times I put the key in and out of the ignition, the hazards won’t flash. I am doing it within 10 seconds.

    • Jackson says:

      I have a 2010 Nissan Sentra SR and this method worked great!! I had to Insert the key like 10 time before the hazards flashed. This may sound weird but I think it depends on the year of you 2007 you insert key 7 times. Hope this works for you!!!

  22. Jackson says:

    *on the year of your car.

    For Example a 2007 you insert key 7 times

  23. Darren Simkin says:

    I have a Nissan Pathfinder 2011, suddenly the intelligent key wouldn’t start but lock/unlock would and using key in ignition would start it. Tried all the helpful comments to re-program but nothing would work. Then I read a comment about checking brake lights. Sure enough, my brake lights had blown a fuse. Replaced fuse -> break lights working -> Car again starting using intelligent key!

  24. Dave says:

    This did not work, BUT THIS DID. After following instructions to the T upteen times, two different days for over a ½ hour, even without the lights coming on I completed the instructions, it did not work. I did notice sometimes the green key light comes on. That’s from when you push the ignition switch in without the key, or push it in with the key, but the key does not go into the hole, hence pushing the ignition button/slot in. I have a big slot for the key, but only a small hole the key fits in making it difficult to put the key in and out rapidly.

    Anyway, my hazard lights never flashed nor did the inside lights come on. I followed the above instructions and after getting frustrated, I thought one more time of trying anything. I never got out of the car but I don’t remember if I had unlocked the door and opened it to reclose it and lock it, because I had done that several times before to no avail, but you may try that.

    Here’s what I did do. I put the key in and out around a dozen times. Then I pushed the ignition switch in and out (without the key so the green key light came on and off) about 10 times. Then I pushed the key in and out a few more times. I never did turn the ignition to the ACC position. I pushed a button on the fod, then pushed it again and low and behold, the doors locked and unlocked. I think maybe the hazard lights did flash this time. I immediately pushed the button on the other pod and it started working. I unlocked the car with the door button and tried the fod again and it still worked. SO I really don’t know what combination worked, but I think pushing the ignition switch in and out without the key had something to do with it.

    Sorry for the unknown counts and vagueness of parts of this. I was not expecting this to work, because this time I was not following instructions, just pushing things out of aggravation, lol. But I think pushing the ignition switch in without the key several, maybe 10 times, has something to do with it. Unfortunately, the Nissan dealers I called just wanted me to bring it in and charge $135 just to diagnose, smh.

    • Warwick says:

      Hi Dave, I have a similar key set-up to yours. It’s a 2006 Nissan Bluebird Sylphy (Common in Japan and here in New Zealand) but not in the US. I too struggle to get the key in and out of the ‘large-partly shut’ keybay as it’s not the same as a basic key hole. Mine is a proximity entry and I start it without inserting a key. I also own a Nissan x-trail and this has a normal key and the sequence works fine on that. However It’s good luck to those trying to put the key in and out in 10 seconds it in a car like my Sylphy. Your reply has come the nearest so far to ‘cracking’ the sequence, but for me to no avail so far. So if you have anymore info on the correct way, please let me know. Off the subject a bit, I can see there are a lot of frustrated questions in this forum that appear to be ignored (no replies). I hope they are getting these anwers back through their e-mail address. Otherewise all these failures can put you off trying this in the first place. All the best.

      • Eddie says:

        Hi, have you figured out the correct sequence for your Nissan? I got the same problem, hazard won’t flash even after trying the sequence for hours.

  25. Ed M. says:

    2015 Nissan Sentra S. One of my original keys was stolen. If I reset the fob with the remaining key and do not delete or reprogram will the other key be dysfunctional? If the stolen key reappears to unlock the door will it unlock the door and if it’s inserted in the key hole will the alarm sound because it has been refobbed.?

  26. Jazmine says:

    It worked for my 2014 Nissan Rogue. The first time I did it, my original key deactivated. I had to do the steps again for it. Now they both work. Saved me $125. Thanks

  27. Keith says:

    This worked on my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.
    My pathfinder does not have the key slot like it instructed on step 2 (I have this on my 09 Altima Coupe so that instruction would make sense for that car).
    I just put the key FOB up to the push button, held it there until the instruction on the dash told me to push the break pedal and press the button to start (hold it there for 10 seconds, if no luck, pull the FOB away from the push start button and try again. It will eventually work). Pathfinder started up as normal and buttons on the FOB worked as expected.

  28. Benny diaz says:

    Reprogram keys to 2001 nissan altima is it possible to reprogram key that have been programed already.

  29. J says:

    Take you key fob and hold it up to the ignition button, push the ignition button in with you fob and then press the lock button on your fob. Both of my fobs work, hopes this helps.

  30. Thomas says:

    I have a 2011 Nissan Juke I’ve tried all the suggestions, I’ve changed the battery in the fob, even used the suggested Durrell, but nothing works. The car will crank if you hold the fob to the button, but the lock/unlock will not work.

    • blogsadmin says:

      Hi Thomas

      Feel free to give our service center a call at (630) 469-6100 and we’d be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.

  31. Jared says:

    Just did this for my 2006 Frontier. Programmed both fobs…no issues

  32. Pauline Snyder says:

    I have been told we can only have our 2016 Nissan Murano fob programmed by Nissan service. Is this correct? We have one fob that came with the car, and the other one I have purchased from somewhere else. I need to get the fob programmed, but have been quoted $129 at a dealer in the Miami area.

  33. John Neilson says:

    I live close by your dealership (Aurora IL). I’ve lost one fob for my 2012 Sentra. Will you quote me a price for a replacement fob, programmed and ready-to-go? Thanks! John

  34. Abdisitar says:

    I’ve tireid the steps you mentioned above thankfully it worked and I can unlock the car and lock but I can’t start the keys with the car just lock and unlock so does it needs another programming system?

  35. Kad says:

    I have Nissan sentra 2007 model and have misplaced one of the keys …….. Do I have to cut and do the programming thus the 5 steps or have to take it to a dealer?

  36. Gary Griffith says:

    Hi, I have a 2005 nissan murano. I bought it used with only one key fob. It was working fine. I wanted a second fob for my wife. I took it to the dealer and they charged me $380 and gave me a new fob and also reprogrammed the old one. But they told me neither of them will work and they don’t know why. They said in order to find out I’d have to pay them more and come back a second time.

    Now I have two fobs that don’t work. I have to manually use the key to unlock the doors and start the ignition. What can I do or what should I tell the dealer? Thanks for your help!

  37. George says:

    I have a 2005 mural and I’m having problems reprogramming the key fob I followed the instructions several times to no avail does any one have a suggestions

  38. Bhanuka says:

    I have a 2007 Nissan cefiro.And this procedure is not working for my car.Please someone help me.Both of my key fobs are not working.

  39. Lele says:

    will this work for the 2009 nissan altima

  40. Lele says:

    will this work for the 2009 nissan altima

  41. How can I re program a Nissan push to start fob? The vehicle is a 2017 Nissan Sentra.

  42. Scott says:

    The remote works but the remote crank doesn’t work. Can you program that part of the remote yourself? 2017 Pathfinder

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